Meet ‘Ukulele Facilitator: Gary Peare

Meet Gary Peare, long-time ‘ukulele enthusiast and graduate of the James Hill Ukulele Initiative.  

Gary first picked up the ukulele while traveling and performing as a professional clown with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. After nearly 20 years of playing the same three songs, he stumbled upon a workshop led by the renowned musician and underground comic book artist, Robert Armstrong. His world has never been the same.

In 2001, Gary also began editing the influential blog,, chronicling the early days of the ukulele’s “Third Wave.”  Then, a few years back, Gary decided to up his ‘ukulele game even more. He now holds a Level 3 Certification from the James Hill Ukulele Initiative (JHUI).  He was also tapped by James to serve as a JHUI instructor for the Vancouver, BC program. 

We worked with Gary  at Camp Oo-Koo-Lay-Lay in 2019 and put him through the gauntlet.  He emerged with flying colors. His commitment, talent and generosity as an ‘ukulele teacher is just what we are always looking for. Plus, his experience herding cats and his proclivity for fun, make him a great addition to this and other Ukulele Adventures.